acrylic on canvas, 34x44cm, £140
Building up and taking back layers paint to create ethereal, ghostly quality in the final painting. This unusual stone arrangement is made of four concentric stone circles around a burial cairn in the south of Dartmoor. It dates from the Bronze age. The jumbles of stone become a pattern of circles with trace of a row. The kerbed burial cairn is thought to be the first phase with other circles added at later dates, possibly centuries apart. The complex monument hides in the downs but from its centre you are surrounded by hills crowned tors, like sheeps tor, forming a grand outer circle to the monument. We walked here under open skies, with the dry winds sweeping back the tufted grass whilst skylarks and meadow pipits accompanied us with chorus.